NMHS32930 Maternal & Infant Health Th&PR

Academic Year 2023/2024

The primary aim of this module is to enable the student to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to promote the holistic care of mothers and their babies from the prenatal stage to the puerperium. The theoretical element of the module focuses on a variety of maternal and infant health issues ranging from prenatal, antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care, to care of the new-born and family centred practice. These elements are further explored within the clinical practicum where the student is facilitated to develop their clinical knowledge and skills in relation to maternal, infant and family care. The student is required to demonstrate clinical competence across a range of specified learning outcomes while also demonstrating the attainment of specific knowledge and skills. A variety of innovative teaching, learning and assessment strategies are used to guide the student’s progression through the theoretical and clinical elements of the module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, the student should be able to:
1. Understand the physiological and psychological processes of normal pregnancy, labour, puerperium and reproductive health applying evidence based care.
2. Provide postnatal assessment and care of mother and baby in the community
3. Promote breastfeeding as the optimal method of infant feeding, and provide advice and support on all forms of infant feeding
4. Distinguish deviations from normal health and development (through examination and observations) and manage and/or refer according to scope of practice
5. Facilitate the transition to parenthood fostering positive parenting and family support.
6. Provide appropriate health promotion relating to pregnancy and the postnatal period
7. Manage particular care issues for vulnerable clients in a culturally sensitive manner (for example: perinatal mental health, perinatal death, pregnancy loss, bereavement, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome).

Indicative Module Content:

Physiological and psychological processes of pregnancy
Postnatal care of the mother and infant
Health promotion in pregnancy and the postnatal period
Management of specific maternal and infant issues
Supporting transition to parenthood

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Placement/Work Experience


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online lectures
Clinical placement
Group work activities
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
All students must be on the General Division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Register

Maternal/Infant Clinical Pract (NMHS31070), Maternal & Inf Health Th&Pract (NMHS43460)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Practical Examination: Clinical Placement in a Maternity Unit Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Examination: Written Assignment- Case study on a postnatal mother and baby Coursework (End of Trimester) No Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 1 Fri 10:00 - 16:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 8 Thurs 09:00 - 12:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - -1, 0, 7 Thurs 10:00 - 16:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - -1, 1 Thurs 10:00 - 16:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - -1 Tues 10:00 - 12:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 8 Tues 10:00 - 16:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 8 Wed 09:00 - 12:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - -1, 1 Wed 09:00 - 16:50